I hadn’t said anything yet about the attempted terrorist attack on Christmas by a man who had injected explosives into his groin – just days after Senator Murtha said “I don’t agree there is a threat to national security” from al-Qaida – because I’d been busy with my family for a couple of days, and the story was already all over the blogosphere by the time I got back to my own little cage. However, the story just keeps on giving as the stupid just keeps coming out of people’s mouths. This known terrorist never should have been allowed on a plane in the first place, and his attempt at mass murder was only thwarted through good fortune (apparently he has a problem with his fuse) and the bravery of a Dutch man who jumped him to keep him from trying again. Somehow, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claimed that the thwarting of his splodey-dope attempt demonstrated that “the system worked” and added that there was “no suggestion that [the suspect] was improperly screened.” She received a reality check from Representatives Peter King (R-NY) and Peter Hoekstra (R-MI).
At least this known al-Qaida terrorist is actually being referred to as a terrorist (unlike the Fort Hood shooter); the mainstream media doesn’t seem to have come up with a proper way to excuse his actions yet. They can’t blame Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab’s desire for jihad on poverty, as his father is a banker; or his “culture” or lack of assimilation, as his own father “alerted U.S. authorities to his [son’s] ‘extreme religious views’ months ago”. The man was a known terrorist and the plot was cooked up in Yemen by al-Qaida. Suck it, Murtha. Still, assuming we can believe a word she says, Janet Napolitano assures us that “commercial flying is safe” and “there is no indication that [this attempt] is part of a larger terrorist plot.”
So far, the Obama Administration’s response has been to pass new rules requiring passengers to “remain in their seats for the last hour of a flight” – even though the terrorist had not left his seat and was in fact thwarted by the actions of the heroic Jasper Schuringa who did. So rather than respond to the terrorist’s actions, they’ve banned the actions of the man who stopped him. I only need the fingers of one hand to calculate the IQ of whoever thought up that brilliant scheme. Obama himself still hasn’t said anything about the incident, although apparently he’s finally thought up something to say. After his incompetent response to the Fort Hood shootings, one has to wonder what jokes he’ll open this speech with, and whom he’ll give a “shout out” to, before his teleprompter signals him to put on his grim and serious face.
Addendum: Over the weekend Rep. Peter King (R-NY) weighed in on racial profiling in the wake of the attempted terrorist attack on Flight 253, saying there is “too much political correctness” and:
“I think there are situations like this where we are afraid of being accused of profiling. The fact is while the overwhelming majority of Muslims are outstanding people, on the other hand 100% of the Islamic terrorists are Muslims, and that is our main enemy today. So while we should not be profiling people because of their religion, at the same time we should not be bending over backwards to somehow keep them off a list.”